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What is the difference between misdemeanor and felony theft in Florida?

In the United States, there is no uniform national threshold for crimes involving theft. Each state has a different threshold value for determining the severity of a theft charge. If you are arrested and charged with theft in the state of Florida, the degree of your charge can vary depending on several factors. It's important to understand the thresholds of theft degrees in order to understand the severity of the sentence you are eligible to receive if convicted of the crime.

Common Holiday Crimes and How to Avoid Them

With the holidays upon us, many folks are getting ready to travel to visit family or friends, and filling their calendars with festive parties and opportunities for holiday cheer. Unfortunately for many, the holidays also signal a time when crime rates go up. Just as shopping, decorations, and parties can be distracting, they can also be dangerous and prime breeding grounds for crimes. A simple unintentional mistake, can not only ruin your holiday spirit, but can also result in criminal charges. Here are some common crimes to pay attention to and avoid this holiday season.

Why Would a Judge Call a Mistrial?

If a judge decides to call a mistrial in a case, it means that the trial cannot and will not be successfully completed. The trial is terminated and declared void before the jury or judge renders a verdict or decision. However, it does not mean that there will not be a future trial. In most cases, the trial is reset for a different time with a different jury.

Criminal Bribery of a Public Official

Recently in South Florida, a Boca Raton U.S. Postal Service worker was charged with accepting a bribe in order to deliver boxes of drugs on her route. Postal worker, Evelyn Price, admitted to receiving around $500 from a man she only knew as "Steve" in order to deliver boxes to him in parking lots instead of to the addresses listed on the packages.

Common Halloween Crimes

Halloween can be a fun holiday to enjoy responsibly and safely, if you like a night on the town with dressed-up ghosts and goblins. Unfortunately, some folks do take certain costumes and personas to an extreme, and this could very well make people commit crimes, either unwillingly or with full knowledge of what they are doing.

Florida Nursing Home May Not Face Criminal Charges

In the wake of the devastating news coming from one Hollywood, FL nursing home where 10 patients died as a result of damages incurred during Hurricane Irma, many are outraged and demanding criminal charges be brought against the nursing home staff and owner. Despite the fact that lives were lost during this tragic event, a criminal conviction against the home for the deaths of these patients may be hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, according to Florida law. It may even be difficult to bring charges against the home, due to the definitions of a crime related to an incident of this kind.

Widespread Fraud Following Natural Disasters

In the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster, such as Hurricane Irma, we see different sides of our community, neighbors, and friends emerge once the storm has passed. Many people come out to support affected areas by collecting goods, offering free or discounted services, or donating money to disaster-relief charities. Others come out after the disaster looking for ways to fraud a system and take advantage of ways to make extra money from vulnerable victims or government recovery efforts.

Looters and Natural Disasters

Across Florida, we just experienced a major natural disaster with the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Throughout the state, millions of people were ordered or chose to evacuate further inland or out-of-state. When a major natural disaster hits, and people are ordered to leave their homes and businesses, there is often a risk of looting in the areas that are abandoned. Unfortunately, this is all-too-common because looters know that no one is home to protect the property, and oftentimes, electricity is out, meaning any security systems or monitoring devices are disabled.

New Rapid DNA Testing Machine Legislation & Use in Miami Beach

DNA testing has revolutionized the way that crimes are solved since its inception. Through its use within law enforcement, those accused of certain crimes can be identified and charged accordingly by matching DNA found at crime scenes to the suspect's DNA. Additionally, innocent people can be exonerated of crimes based on the fact that their DNA does not match what was found on the victim or at a crime scene. Specifically with regards to sexual crimes, the advances in DNA testing have led to many sexual predators being taken off the streets, and allowed others who have been accused but who are innocent a chance to walk free.

A Jury Shows Mercy In First Miami-Dade Death Penalty Case Since Changes in Florida Law

Twelve Miami-Dade County jurors recently deliberated on whether a man should be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty for his crimes. The reason that this case is historic is that it is the first time in Miami that a death-penalty case went to a sentencing hearing since the state of Florida changed the rules all together for awarding the death penalty to certain criminals. In this particular case, instead of send this convicted killer to Death Row, the jury chose mercy through a sentence of life in prison.

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